Pet Wellness: There’s Always More than Meets the Eye
Doing anything regularly can become boring. Even seasoned thrill-seekers admit that, after awhile, the same experiences that once brought them mind-blowing exhilaration can become humdrum. We’re not experts on that account, but we are an authority on routine pet wellness examinations.
Establishing Good Habits
Pet owners who establish good habits are ensuring a happier, healthier, and longer life for their pets. To that end, young pets should be seen at least once a year until they reach their senior years, typically around the age of six.
We appreciate the chance to assess your pet’s overall health. With an eye on the future, disease prevention (through routine vaccinations and boosters) is the key to pet wellness.
Senior pets should come in twice a year in order to catch any age-related problems early on. Doing so not only prevents disease but also catches illness before it progresses. Early detection can often result in effective treatment, while conditions left untreated can turn into painful and costly pet emergencies.
The Nitty Gritty
Committing to regular exams also helps toward the goal of parasite prevention. Fleas, ticks, and heartworms are real threats to your pet’s health and longevity. Preventive screenings (such as heartworm testing) and early diagnosis can halt any problems before they progress.
Likewise, blood work, digital radiographs, and other tests give us insight into your pet’s health. Diagnostic testing can reveal many problems that go unnoticed by the naked eye, making regular screenings a top priority.
Pet Wellness at Home
Day-to-day care at home is the backbone of overall pet wellness. Your close observation of any “off” or unusual behaviors can give us a head start toward figuring out what’s going on with your pet.
Every day it’s important to check your pet’s eyes, ears, mouth, skin, coat, and abdomen. You might have a daily grooming ritual that allows for access to these areas. Otherwise, a daily snuggle session might also help to reveal your pet’s general physical condition.
A Word on Hygiene
Part of our regular health regimen is, of course, attention to our teeth and gums, and your pet should be no exception to this rule. While every day be a stretch, weekly tooth brushing and gum inspection is a worthwhile endeavor. Not only good for your pet’s mouth, dental care is related to the health of other organs of the body, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, and liver.
The Yum Factor
Chances are, your pet likes to eat. If his or her attraction to food needs attention, we are happy to help address proper diet and nutrition, food restrictions, and measured portion control. Excessive weight isn’t just about aesthetics. Left unchecked, it can lead to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, early mortality, arthritis, and decreased quality of life.
It Just Makes Sense
Animals age faster than humans, making preventive care and wellness exams even more critical. With routine screenings and early detection, we can slow or stop any developing health problems before they get out of hand.
If you need assistance getting into a supportive pet wellness routine, we encourage you to contact us.